A great event can do a lot for bringing out like-minded people. If that event is also for a good cause, it’s a win-win situation. Last year I attended the Daughters of Darkness Night Market at The Witch House with two Hawthorne Hotel coworkers. The event promised to be a vendor fair of all-women artisans who specialized in the dark mystery arts while raising money for HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) and it did not disappoint.
For those of you who have never heard of HAWC, here is a small excerpt from their website:
“HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year.”
When we arrived at The Witch House the line to get in was already into the street. Somehow waiting almost an hour didn’t seem so bad. Everyone in line was chatting with one another and there were “roaming psychics” telling fortunes and reading bones for the crowd.
Once inside, the ambiance of The Witch House only added to the amazing energy. All of the vendors were local crafts women selling their amazing products. We bought a lot and left happy.
The event is organized by Amber Newberry, the owner of the local Salem shop called Die With Your Boots On. The shop is focused on selling items that are “as black as their customer’s hearts,” which is geared toward the heavy metal, gothic, and punk subculture.
This year Amber has partnered with Witch City Wicks and Fun Dead Publications to bring over 50 vendors to the event! The vendors will be located throughout the Hawthorne Hotel, with three floors of shopping! There will be cash bars with specialty themed cocktails because let’s be honest, it’s more fun to shop with your girlfriends with a cocktail in your hand! There will also be a buffet in Nathaniel’s Restaurant for those that want to grab a bite before or after the event. The buffet will feature several vegetarian and vegan options and will be available during dinner hours. You can find the buffet menu here.
The Daughters of Darkness Night Market is open to the public. There is a $5.00 admission fee that will be donated directly to HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) Northshore. Bring your friends, be prepared to meet some amazing people, eat some great food, sample some night-themed cocktails, and buy some amazing items. We hope to see you there!
– June Jennings, Sales & Catering Manager at the Hawthorne Hotel